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KB's group welcomes visiting scholar from the Korean RIST
Dr. Jong Kwan Lee of the Research Institute of Science and Technology has joined the SEAM Lab as a visiting scholar. Dr. Lee will be with the group till January 2014. Welcome, Dr. Lee!
Dr. Lee Interviewed by ChemViews Magazine
An interview with KB, entitled "Sunggyu Lee on the Future of Energy Technology" is featured on the Chemistry Views website. The full text of the interview can be read here.
Lee Group awarded two U.S. Patents in 2012
Dr. Lee and his associates were awarded two U.S. Patents in 2012.
Dr. Lee's Biofuels book earns bestseller status
KB's book, Biofuels and Bioenergy: Processes and Technologies, was a CRC Press Chemistry Online Bestseller in December of 2012.
KB and group members featured in Ingenuity Magazine
The 2012 edition of Ingenuity featured two stories regarding Dr. Lee's group. In "A Whole New World," Barbi Wheelden discusses her trip to Korea and the cultural and educational experiences she enjoyed there. In "Illustrious Investigator, Father Figure," KB's methods of research and advising are discussed. KB, Amber Tupper and Lexie Niemoeller are all featured in this article. The latter was the magazine's featured cover story.
Dr. Lee's Group Presents at 2012 National AIChE meeting
KB's research group traveled to Pittsburgh to attend the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting. Lee's group members' presentations of five papers and one poster at the meeting were very well received. Topics ranged from supercritical fluid reactions to biodegradable polymer development. The group had the opportunity to visit with Wei Zhang, an alumnus of our group, at the AIChE meeting, and enjoyed a delicious Korean meal together!
Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh visited the SEAM Lab
Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh, an alumnus of the University of Akron and our group, visited the SEAM lab in the fall of 2012. Dr. Ramesh took time from his busy schedule to catch up with KB and meet new members of the group.
Dr. Alexandria (Lexie) Niemoeller receives her Ph.D. degree
Dr. Niemoeller defended her dissertation and received her Ph.D. in the summer of 2012. Lexie received great praise for her excellent defense presentation and is now employed as an Application Specialist by TA Instruments. Congratulations, Lexie!
Dr. H. Bryan Lanterman visited the SEAM Lab
Dr. Bryan Lanterman of DRS Technologies visited the SEAM Lab in the summer of 2012. Dr. Lanterman is an alumnus of the University of Akron and our research group and has remained very close to our group for many years. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet with him in our new Athens location.
Barbara (Barbi) Wheelden receives NSF Fellowship
Barbi Wheelden was awarded the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship and will spend the summer conducting biodegradable polymer research at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. A story about her award was featured in Ohio University's Compass. Barbi is the third member of KB's group to be awarded the EAPSI fellowship and travel to Korea. Mahin Shahlari and Patricia Roberts were also EAPSI fellows.
SEAM Lab acquires Equipment
The SEAM Lab has recently acquired analytical and processing equipment to further the materials and alternative fuel research conducted at the lab. Recent acquisitions include an Instron Tensile Tester, TA Instruments TGA, DSC, and ARES Rheometer, Thermo Scientific Gas Chromatographs, Agilent GC-MS, Micromeritics Surface Area Analyzer, and Leistritz Twin-screw Extruder.
Ms. Wei Zhang visits the SEAM Lab
Ms. Wei Zhang drove from northern Ohio to visit with KB and new members of the SEAM Lab. Wei is an alumnus of the University of Akron and our research group. She received her Master's degree under KB while at Akron and has had a very successful career. She is currently with Promerus Electronic Materials.
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew (Matt) Factor for receiving his Ph.D. degree!
Dr. Factor defended his dissertation and received his Ph.D. degree in the spring of 2012. Matt's work in polymer nanocomposites and supercritical carbon dioxide polymer processing was an excellent addition to an important field. Congratulations, Matt!
Dr. Jared Bouquet earns his Ph.D. degree
Dr. Jared Bouquet graduated in May, 2012 and has accepted a position with AG Engineering, a subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy. He set a record as the youngest Ph.D. in the KB's group. Congratulations, Jared!
Congratulations to Dr. Jason Picou for receiving his Ph.D. degree!
Dr. Jason Picou received his Ph.D. degree in May, 2012. Jason also received his master's degree under Dr. Lee in 2008. He published many papers, presented at conferences, and contributed to multiple projects during his time in the group. Congratulations, Jason!
Lee Group and Partners awarded two U.S. Patents in 2011
Dr. Lee and his associates were awarded two U.S. Patents in 2011.
SEAM Lab featured in Ingenuity Magazine
Dr. Lee, the SEAM Lab facility, and the group members were featured in the "From the Dean's Desk" section of the 2011 issue of Ingenuity, the Annual Magazine of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Amber Tupper and KB were pictured in the magazine. The online edition of this magazine can be viewed here.
Ms. April Sloan earns her M.S. degree
April Sloan graduated with her Masters of Science degree in December 2011 and is now employed by Nooter/Eriksen as a Commissioning & Testing Engineer. Congratulations, April!
Athens Messenger Features Story on SEAM Lab
The Athens, Ohio newspaper the Athens Messenger featured a story about the SEAM Lab and its members in September of 2011.
Lee Group and Partners awarded two U.S. Patents in 2010
Dr. Lee and his associates were awarded two U.S. Patents in 2010.
Group reunion at the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
Our entire group re-united and met at the AIChE Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis, MN, November 16-21, 2011. We all stayed at the Ramada Plaza for the meeting and enjoyed quality time together. The group presented 9 strong papers at the conference.
KB's Interview in Ohio Today Magazine
KB was interviewed on his views regarding the alternative energy future in the U.S. by Ohio Today Magazine. His full-page photo also appeared in the magazine. KB looks a little younger in the picture.
Michael Stever receives his Master's Degree in August, 2011!
Michael Stever received his Master's degree in August, 2011. He co-ordinated the Lab moving effort for our group and his dedicated service to the group is very much appreciated by all. Congratulations!!
Dr. Sunil Kesavan visited the SEAM Lab
Dr. Sunil Kesavan, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Akron and our group visited the SEAM Lab!
Dr. Shahid Bashir visited the SEAM Lab
Dr. Shahid Bashir, an eminent alumnus of our group, visited the SEAM Lab, all the way from Canada.
Congratulations to Dr. Mahin Shahlari for receiving her Ph.D. degree!
Dr. Mahin Shahlari, a new alumnus of our group, received her Ph.D. degree and accepted a position with Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTiC) in May, 2011. Congratulations!
KB's group completes its relocation to Athens, Ohio
KB's Group has relocated to Athens, Ohio in May, 2011. The hard work put in by our team members will be remembered for a long time.
Barbara Wheelden and Amber Tupper honored at the UCEAO 5th Annual Conference and Ohio Advanced Energy Centers of Excellence Showcase
Barbara Wheelden and Amber Tupper, both doctoral graduate students, won the Best Discussion/Explanation Award at the UCEAO 5th Annual Conference and Ohio Advanced Energy Centers of Excellence Showcase, held in Columbus, Ohio, April 26-27, 2011. Congratulations!!
Congratulations to our distinguished alumnus Dr. Byung Gwon Lee on his recent promotion
Dr. Byung Gwon Lee, a distinguished alumnus of our group, was promoted to Executive Director of Research Planning & Co-ordination Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in January, 2011. The good news was received while Dr. B.G. Lee was doing his R&D with us at Ohio University as Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Congratulations!
Press Release: Dr. Lee featured in Ohio University's Compass!
Dr. Lee has joined Ohio University as the Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He was featured in Ohio University's Compass. Read the full story here.
Dr. Lee and team awarded a project from DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
Dr. Lee and his research team were awarded near the end of December 2009 an exciting project from DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. on "Highly Specialized Polymeric Materials and Processing. Congrats!
Dr. Lee and team awarded a GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs), U.S. Department of Education in August 2009
Dr. Lee and team were awarded a prestigious, multi-year, fellowship grant from the Department of Education in the area of alternative energy in August of 2009. Congratulations to all!!!
Dr. Lee was honored as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Annual Meeting of Korea Science and Technology (KSTAM). Dr. Lee's keynote talk was on "Energy Enabling Technologies for a Sustainable Future."
Dr. Lee and team awarded a multi-year grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory in July 2009
Dr. Lee and his team were awarded a multi-year research grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory in the area of alternative fuels in July of 2009. Congratulations to all!!!
Ms. Barbara Wheelden Joins Dr. Lee's Group as an Undergraduate Researcher
Ms. Barbara Wheelden, a Senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, joined Dr. Lee's group as an undergraduate research in May of 2009. Welcome aboard Barbara!!!
Ms. April Sloan Joins Dr. Lee's Group as a Doctoral Student
In May 2009 Ms. April Sloan received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and has enterred the doctoral program of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering for Summer Session 2009. April had joined Dr. Lee's group in December of 2008 as an undergraduate researcher. Congratulations April!!!
Dr. Lee Honored with Teaching Award
At a banquet on April 29, 2009, Dr. Lee was honored with Missouri S&T's Outstanding Teaching Award for his accomplishements in instruction as a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Congratulations to Dr. Lee!
Satya Putta received his Masters!
Satya Putta successfully completed his Master's thesis defense on December 15, 2008 at The Missouri University of Science and Technology Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Congratulations to Satya!
Ms. April Sloan Joins Dr. Lee's Group as an Undergradute Researcher
Ms. April Sloan, an alumni of Crystal City High School, is a senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. April joined Dr. Lee's group on December 1, 2008 as an undergraduate researcher. Congratulations April!
Lee Group presents at the 2008 AIChE National Meeting
Dr. Lee's research group travelled to Philadelphia to attend the 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Meeting. The group's presentation of eight papers was well received. The session papers covered topics ranging from polymer blending, polymer grafting, composites, supercritical water sucrose reformation, supercritical water reformation processes, and chemical kinetics involving fluoropolymerization. This was an excellent conference for the research group for the wide variety sessions that were available to attend, the opportunity to disseminate some of the group's recent scholarly work, and the opportunity to meet with well-regarded scholars in chemical engineering research.
In the News--Dr. Lee Featured in the Fall NUTC News
Dr. Lee was recently featured in the Fall 2008 Edition of the Center For Transportation Infrastructure and Safety NUTC News at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The article features Dr. Lee's research specialties and chronicals Dr. Lee's distinguished career. The article was published on the web on November 6, 2008.
Mr. Ryan Tschannen Joins Dr. Lee's Group as an Undergradute Researcher
Mr. Ryan Tschannen, an alumni of Brookfield High School, is a senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Ryan was honored as Student of the Month for August 2008. Ryan joined Dr. Lee's group on September 5, 2008 as an undergraduate researcher. Congratulations Ryan!
In the News--Biodegradable Polymers
Dr. Lee was recently interviewed by The Guardian, a major London newspaper, on our biodegradable polymer research. The article in particular discusses current polymer research utilizing glycerol and polylactic acid, among other materials, that are environmentally friendly blending agents. The article was published on Thursday, July 10, 2008.
Jason Picou received his Masters!
Jason Picou successfully completed his Master's thesis defense on June 3, 2008. The Missouri University of Science and Technology has also accepted the final approved copy of his thesis. Congratulations to Jason!
Mr. Jared Bouquet Joins Dr. Lee's Group as a Graduate Student
Jared Bouquet was an undergraduate research at Dr. Lee's laboratory for part of his senior year. On May 10, Jared received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with honors from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is now joining Dr. Lee's Group as a graduate student with the double distinction of being a Chancellor's Fellow and as a recepient of a U.S. Department of Transportation Fellowship. Welcome Jared!
Dr. Leavitt and Dr. Wenzel are chairing sessions for the AIChE 2008 Annual Meeting
Dr. Leah Leavitt is chair of Session 01F04 "Materials Synthesis and Processing with Compressed or Supercritical Fluids II: Polymers" and Dr. Jonathan Wenzel is co-chair of Session 01F07 "Environmentally Benign Processing and Separations with Compressible or Supercritical Fluids" at the 2008 AIChE Annual Meeting. These sessions are sponsored by High Pressure Area of the Engineering Sciences and Fundementals Group. Dr. Lee and his research team are looking forward to a successful conference and hope to see our alumni, friends, sponsors, and all interested scientists and engineers at the meeting.
Jonathan Wenzel is a Ph.D.!
Jonathan Wenzel successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation defense on April 22, 2008. The University of Missouri - Columbia Graduate School has also accepted the final approved copy of his dissertation in time for spring commencement on May 9. Congratulations to Dr. Wenzel!
In the News--Environmentally friendly plastics plan
A news release on April 16, 2008 by Missouri S&T Public Relations featuring our research work on quality biodegradable polymers incorporating glycerol has gained attention in web-publications world-wide. The most recent acticle has been published on Intech's website on April 24, 2008.
Lee Group presents at the 2008 AIChE Spring Meeting
Dr. Lee's research group travelled to New Orleans to attend the 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Spring Meeting. The group's presentation of four papers was well received. The session papers covered topics ranging from supercritical water JP-8 reformation, water gas shift reaction kinetics in supercritical water, and chemical reactions involving ethanol reformation.
Dr. Jeong Woo Yun Joins Dr. Lee's Group as a Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Jeong Woo Yun who recently received his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia has joined Dr. Lee's group on February 1, 2008 as a post-doctoral fellow. Congratulations Dr. Yun!
Lee Group presents at the 2007 National AIChE Meeting
Dr. Lee's research group travelled to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the 2007 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting. The group's presentation of seven papers was well accepted. The session papers covered topics ranging from supercritical water fuel reformation, to polymer blending and composites, to polymer synthesis. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to renew old friendships, make new friendships, and visit with KB's former students. In addition, Leah Leavitt and Jonathan Wenzel were appointed as session chairs for sessions in Group 1--Engineering Sciences and Fundamentals, section f, High Pressure for the 2008 AIChE Annual Meeting
Dr. Lee named series editor of the Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Series
In mid-October CRC Press announced that Dr. Lee will be the series editor of the Green Chemisty and Chemical Engineering book series.
Lee Group and Partners awarded a US Patent in October 2007!
Dr. Lee and his associates were awarded a US patent in October of 2007.
In the News--Lawmakers learn of UMR's impact
Leah Leavitt is a Ph.D.!
Leah Leavitt successfully, in fact eminently, completed her Ph.D. dissertation defense on June 22, 2007. She also submitted her final version of approved dissertation to the Graduate School. Congratulations to Dr. Leavitt!
Lee Group and Partners awarded 3 US Patents in May/June 2007!
Dr. Lee and his associates were awarded three US patents in May and June of 2007. They are
Handbook of Alternative Fuel Technologies now in print!
KB's new book was published in April 2007. The book is currently available on the market.
We have moved!
Our Research Group has recently relocated to the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology). As a result
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